Updates: 01.05.2021 17:59
Released: 01.05.2021, 17:59
Prague – Today’s May 1 celebrations, which took place for the second year in a row during the coronavirus epidemic, were intimate and quiet. Several hundred people took part in demonstrations against government restrictions in several places in Prague or Brno. Many traditional events of political parties were canceled in advance by the organizers due to restrictions. Today’s holiday, which is a celebration of love for some holy works and for others, is only remembered by people with their loved ones or on social networks.
Today, anti-government protests went without incidents, the police dealt mainly with those who came to the events in violation of the valid measures without a respirator. In Prague today, the organizers announced more than a dozen demonstrations, supervised by three hundred police officers. All actions went without conflicts, the police did not have to detain anyone. However, some participants and convenerators reported to the authorities due to non-compliance with government anti-coronavirus measures, especially not wearing respirators or drapes.
“It was one of the quietest May Day in recent years,” Jan Daněk, a spokesman for the Prague police, told ČTK in the afternoon.
Already in the morning, about thirty communists gathered on Prague’s Střelecký Island to commemorate today’s Labor Day. Marta Semelová, chairwoman of the Prague KSČM, or Petr Šimůnek, the party’s first deputy chairman, spoke briefly at the memorial plaques referring to the first workers’ celebration of the first of May in 1890.
In the morning, the Communists were replaced on the island by a protest organized by the bloc of non-attached MP Lubomír Volný. Most of the roughly 250 participants did not have the protection of personal roads after the major event, the police drew attention to this obligation and some of them legitimized. The free, who refused to wear a respirator in the Chamber of Deputies, also defined himself in his speech against the mandatory wearing of veils.
It looked like an afternoon in Letná, where several hundred people gathered for two protests against the government’s anti-coronavirus measures. Protesters brought Czech flags and shouted anti-government slogans. Among other things, the lawyer Norbert Naxera spoke at the demonstration, who has already filed several lawsuits due to government regulations.
Supporters of the Open Czechia – Chcípl PES movement, which has long criticized the government’s approach to resolving the pandemic, met again on Petřín. About a hundred people went from Újezd to the Petřín lookout tower. In the park below, music and speeches were heard in which speakers criticized government regulations as “stealing freedom.” They rejected testing as unreliable and in some parts of the speeches called for civil disobedience. On the grassy area, those present kept their distance, but few had a respirator on their face.
According to estimates by the police and the secretary of the city district, Petr Štika, about fifty people demonstrated in the afternoon on Brno’s Svobody Square against government measures against the spread of coronavirus. In their speeches, the organizers spoke, for example, about the illegality of closing deals and called on entrepreneurs to demand compensation from the Ministry of Health. According to them, schools should also be fully opened, without testing. They referred to vaccination as “stinging sajrajts.”
According to the current measures of the Ministry of Health, the participants in public assemblies are to be divided into groups of a maximum of 20 people, while maintaining a spacing between the groups of at least two meters. At the same time, each participant must have protection of the following paths.